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COVID- 19 Update: Mask Requirement Extended

UPDATE: Majority of businesses in Sevier County are open. The Sevier County Mask Mandate has been extended as of August 3rd, 2020. Face mask coverings will be required in all indoor public and commercial  spaces through August 29th.   state_of_emergency_covid-19_-_executive_order_29   Exceptions to the mandate: Within a residence or motor vehicle Ages 12 or younger

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Tennessee’s Tax Free Weekend

It’s Tax Free in Tennessee! The best time to stock up on back to school items, styling your Fall wardrobe, and experiencing the best deals on electronics is this weekend only. NEW in 2020, a second tax free weekend is added! The state of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at

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Dollywood Announces Park Reopening | Latest Info

Announced Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020: Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country have officially announced their reopening date for Wednesday, June 17th. Exclusive Opening days for season passholders will be Monday June 15th & Tuesday June 16th. Dolly Parton gave hopeful words in an interview saying,”When the times right and we’re all confident that you and our team at

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What’s Open in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg & Sevierville

What’s Open in Pigeon Forge? As of July 1st: Businesses in the Great Smoky Mountain region are open. Face masks may be required at specific retailers. We recommend contacting the business directly for any questions regarding safety measures and updates. Businesses throughout Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville have reopened following extensive guidelines from the CDC.

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National Park Announces Reopening

May 6, 2020:  The Great Smoky Mountains National Park Announced Phased Reopening May 9, 2020 CLICK HERE FOR MORE CURRENT INFORMATION   Hikers, scenic drive enthusiasts, and everyone ready to get back out into the great outdoors, get ready! President Trump announced in a press conference on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 that many national parks

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Enjoy These Attractions From Home!

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Experience the ocean life from your couch! Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is offering so many virtual and educational activities and videos. From Pre- K to middle school, you’ll find coloring pages and activities to try at home! Be sure to check their schedule for different livestreams everyday. From feedings

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Essential Businesses and Services Open in Sevier County

As of July 1st: Businesses in the Great Smoky Mountain region are open. Face masks may be required at specific retailers. We recommend contacting the business directly for any questions regarding safety measures and updates. Updates on Businesses Reopening in the Smoky Mountain Region Pigeon Forge Plans to Reopen as Early as May 1st!  

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Cades Cove Will ReOpen February 29th!

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that Cades Cove will reopen on Saturday, February 29! This is after a two-month closure for tunnel repairs. The now completed $950,000 Bote Mountain Tunnel repair along Laurel Creek Road is ahead of schedule! This will allow the popular area to reopen in time for the first full

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National Park Sets Visitation Record of 12.5 Million!

 New Visitation Record in GSMNP Great Smoky Mountains National Park welcomed a record 12,547,743 visitors in 2019, which is 1,126,540 more visitors than in 2018. The park’s three primary entrances near Gatlinburg, Townsend, and Cherokee all had increased use, accounting for about two-thirds of the total park visitation. Secondary park entrances experienced tremendous growth, due

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Largest Expansion at Anakeesta Opening in 2020!

Observation Tower in The Vista Gardens  Anakeesta’s new observation tower will become the tallest point in downtown Gatlinburg. Sitting on the summit of the mountain, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This iconic tower on top of Anakeesta mountain will offer 360-degree panoramic views right in the heart of downtown

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Cades Cove Closed January & February

The Smokies most visited area for wildlife viewing, scenic scares, and motor nature trails will be closed for 2 months in 2020. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will shut down main access roads to Cades Cove and Cataloochee beginning January 3rd. Cades Cove  Laurel Creek Road, the access road to Cades Cove, will close to

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Sevier County Celebrates 30 Years of Winterfest

Sevier County celebrates 30 years of winter family fun! Winterfest is a celebration of light displays, shopping, live shows, attractions, and winter adventures in the Great Smoky Mountains! The lights will be officially turned on November 15th and last through February 17th, 2020! Winterfest is a beloved event that happens every year. Be sure to

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